Do Enough Americans Serve in the United States Military?
Veterans Day on Nov 11 is established to honor our military veterans, recognizing those who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Don't confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day or Armed Forces Day. Veterans Day celebrates all United States, military veterans. The day was initially called Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. Naming it Veterans Day gets to the point, leaving nothing to question what it's all about—rightfully honoring our military veterans.
Despite a failure of policy at the highest levels of the American government to adequately care for all Veterans, everyday Americans typically have a deep appreciation and respect for those who have served and sacrificed in defense of the country.
That's why Veterans Day is observed across America each year with reverence. People who have served in the Armed Forces have earned our nation's total respect and admiration.
The U.S. military has six branches of service: the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force.
As recently as 2021, 1.3 million people were serving in the U.S. military. That may seem like many, but it's 38% fewer than a peak in 1987.
That leads us to our RODEO REALLY TOUGH TRIVIA QUESTION. What percentage of American Citizens have served in the United States military?
About 7% of living Americans who have ever served are now Veterans. So next time you're somewhere with about 100 ordinary people, think about that. Most likely, only 7 of them have served in the Armed Forces.